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Globalization and new religious movements

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This chapter provides an overview of the extensive literature on globalization and rehearses the arguments advanced in the globalization theories proffered. The globalization debate could thus be considered a proxy for theoretical debate in social science and in some instances it can be observed that the term ‘globalization’ is used with different ideological overtones. One of the problems of having a definition of globalization is similar to having a definition of religion or of New Religious Movements (NRMs): however many aspects a definition may capture, sufficient exceptions are found to render the definition invalid or only partially applicable and thus lay such definitions open to challenge. Global communication is used in the wider sense of the term, including electronic communication, physical transport, all types of media and media discourse about NRMs, virtual and real networks.

Keywords: electronic communication; globalization; New Religious Movements (NRMs); social science



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